.BIN / .CUE / .ISO Frequently asked questions.
Please credit AfterDawn for the below guide
23 Sep 2002 2:29 PM
1) What is a .BIN? What is a .CUE? What is an .ISO
The .BIN / .CUE CD image format was made popular by the CDRWin software. Afterwards many programs have started supporting or partially supporting it, including: Nero, BlindWrite, CloneCD, FireBurner. The .CUE file contains the track layout information, while the .BIN file holds the actual data.
.ISO is also a CD image format, but the one single .ISO file contains both: the data and the CD layout information.
2) I have download .BIN&.CUE/.ISO files - what to do with them?
You can burn them to a CD-R or a CD-RW with:
-Alcohol 120% - My favourite, excellent software, easy and yet very advanced (burns ISO, BIN/CUE, CCD, CDI, BWT files!):
BlindWrite - easy to use: h**p://www.cd-rw.org/software/cdr_software/cdr_applications/blindwrite_suite.cfm
FireBurner - also very good, a single .EXE file! h**p://www.cd-rw.org/software/cdr_software/cdr_applications/fireburner.cfm
BurnAtOnce - A handy and FREE tool for burning .bin/.cue/.iso. Easy to use!
Nero - many of you have this, but it can't handle all image files:
CDRWin - This is the original BIN/CUE software:
You can also mount image files as virtual CD-ROM drives using
Alcohol - h**p://cd-rw.org/software/cdr_software/cdr_tools/alcohol120.cfm
Daemon Tools - h**p://www.cd-rw.org/software/cdr_software/cdr_tools/daemon_tools.cfm
There are also several softwares you can use to exploit & manipulate BIN/CUE files in various ways:
CDMage - h**p://www.geocities.com/cdmage/
IsoBuster - h**p://www.smart-projects.net/isobuster/
3) I have a .BIN file but no .CUE?
.CUE can be made with just Notepad. A typical Playstation(One or 2) .CUE file looks like this:
FILE "IMAGE.BIN" BINARY
TRACK 1 MODE2/2352
INDEX 1 00:00:00
A typical PC CD-ROM .CUE looks like this:
FILE "IMAGE.BIN" BINARY
TRACK 01 MODE1/2352
INDEX 01 00:00:00
Notice the difference of the track mode - PC-ROMs being Mode 1, Playstations CDs Mode 2 and (Super)Video CDs are also MODE2/2352.
4) How do I make .BIN/.CUE files?
CDRWin or the BIN/CUE format is not ideal for distributing. BlindWrite suite and CloneCD perform a lot better in this purpose and can also handle various copy protections. Both of these softwares can also create .CUE files for increased compatibility
5) I have a .BIN & .CUE, but my CD writing software can't locate the .BIN file?
Edit the .CUE file with Notepad (or similar) and verify that the FILE "C:\path\image.bin" matches the location of your image file
6) My image file is IMAGE.BIN.EXE and I can't rename it!
Go to command promt and type "REN IMAGE.BIN.EXE IMAGE.BIN", (works with .ISO and other extensions as well).
You can do this on Windows desktop too, but first check the options from TOOLS->FOLDER OPTIONS->VIEW and uncheck the "Hide extensions from known file types".